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Ahmet Feridun: Monday markets - the week ahead on 2 March

Ahmet Feridun

Ahmet Feridun

Investment Director

  • The MSCI World index gave up four months of gains in five days at the end of February – falling over 10% in dollar terms and making it the worst week for global equities since 2008.
  • Global bonds saw strong returns as yields fell, with the 10-year US Treasury yield falling to its lowest-ever close at under 1.15%. The UK Gilt yield also fell close to its lowest-ever level finishing at 0.44%.
  • Gold, surprisingly, fell over the week as investors were forced to sell to cover their losses in other asset classes.
  • Overall, the outbreak of the virus is likely to continue to foster fear as well as meaningfully disrupt global supply chains and trade, leading to softer economic data and volatile markets.
  • We believe that it will delay rather than derail the global growth recovery that we had begun to see at the beginning of the year.
  • In the near term governments and central banks, which have already demonstrated a  willingness to keep ample liquidity flowing through the economic system, can be expected to respond as far as possible to dampen the deflationary effect and help avoid the risk of recession.
  • Yesterday the Chinese purchasing manager index numbers for February fell significantly. Similar data for the US and Eurozone will be released over the coming week, although the virus's negative impact is likely to be lower in these regions at this stage. The US also sees the release of unemployment data towards the end of the week.

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